The Last Shot, by Daniel Bergamini

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4 Responses

  1. Sacha says:

    I wouldn’t go as far as saying that the final shot makes the rest of the film irrelevant, but I did almost scream “WHY?” in the theater. That shot is completely useless, and that’s why I simply choose to forget it’s even there.

  2. Scott M says:

    I thought at first that the final shot was unnecessary. Once I saw the pseudo-face hugger attack the engineer, I knew what the result was going to be and didn’t need to see it actually happen.

    That said, I don’t think this is the Xenomorph from “Alien”….not exactly.

    The film spends a great deal of time (in my opinion successfully) pondering the nature of religion, evolution, and the meaning of life. A great deal of this time is spent on who has created whom (whether it be engineers creating humans, or humans creating cyborgs), and whether or not the creations live up to the creators’ expectations. The final shot, to me, shows that even though at first it appears the Xenomorph is going to be “the perfect killing machine” because it was designed that way by the engineers, what we actually see is not quite that, but instead we witness nature taking its course. Since the creature is highly adaptive and takes on many of the characteristics of who it was born from, the Xenomorph has a rapid way of evolving. The end, to me, simply adds another layer of subtext to the creationism vs. evolution argument of the film, showing that despite the fact that there was a creator, the way the Alien became the perfect killing machine was through some process of evolution. My guess is that we’re still a few steps away from the Xenomorph from “Alien” (they do take the time to show you that it has some sort of inner mouth, but it’s very different from the Xenomorph’s mouth in Alien), but we’re well on our way.

  3. Jazz says:

    Let’s not forget the technology gap in the times. I understand the origional Alien had “amazing technologically advanced systems” for the time it was filmed, but something as simple as 3D mapping capabilities make them look obsolete for something thats supposed to come after the prometheus.

    There’s also the fact that the engineer was in his chair on the ship, only his chest open when discovered in Alien and not on the floor of an obviously earth based ship torn apart.

    And for a movie that’s creation was delayed due to the AVP spin-off, they defeated themselves in their own timelines since the Aliens were supposed to be brought to earth before the Mayan civilization; and were again on earth “present day” in AVPR which is almost 100 years before the evolution of the xenomorph we know as the Alien now according to Prometheus.

    And yes, for a movie about future space travel discovering an Alien species that will kill us all; this is where it all falls apart for me. 😉

    • Daniel Bergamini says:

      The technological gap is something I think you just need to ignore, as it is a problem in many films. The Engineer they discover in Alien is not suppose to be the same as the one in Prometheus. In fact, I believe the planet they discover in Alien is not the same planet as the one in Prometheus.

      And lastly, AVP is really not canon. It is an awful spin-off that I am sure Scott ignores. Easier to just forget those awful films exist.

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